the next step after weight loss

When you’ve lost substantial weight through diet, exercise, or surgery, you can be left with excess loose skin all over your body. During body contouring surgery in Charlotte, a plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat, resulting in tighter-looking skin, more visible tone, and a drastically improved shape or silhouette.

Why People Opt for Body Contouring Surgery

Body Contouring - Charlotte Plastic SurgeryDramatic weight loss benefits both health and physical appearance. Some benefits of weight loss if overweight includes increased mobility, a better quality of life, and improved self-esteem.

Sadly, people rarely discuss the permanent unfavorable changes to the appearance that many people experience after a large weight loss. After skin and tissues have been stretched out to accommodate a larger frame, they often lose elasticity and cannot “snap back” to where they were before the weight gain. Like a rubber band stretched too far, the skin and tissue cannot return to their former resistance and pliability. The result is hanging, loose skin that can feel uncomfortable and may even be difficult to conceal under clothing.

Body Sculpting – Charlotte Plastic SurgeryBody contouring surgery is one of the possible solutions. A plastic surgeon removes excess skin and red drapes it for firmer-looking skin. The procedure varies by individual as each person has different problem areas.

Through careful tissue mapping and new body shaping techniques, the renowned plastic surgeons at Charlotte Plastic Surgery offer innovative body contouring procedures that tighten and smooth your shape. Our extensive experience and qualifications provide you with methods tailored to your body type, skin tone, and age.

Strategic Bespoke Body Contouring Surgery in Charlotte

A body lift should be performed when the patient is as close to their desired goal weight as possible and has maintained a stable weight for at least six months.

Since every patient has different needs and goals for their body type, a surgical plan would be mapped out during a free plastic surgery consultation. This plan may involve one stage of procedures or various procedures done months apart to allow adequate healing.

Body contouring (or “body lift”) procedures may include:

  • Facelift for sagging skin on the mid-face, jowls, and neck
  • Breast lift (Mastopexy) for sagging, flattened breasts
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) for the apron of excess skin and fat that hangs over the beltline
  • Thigh Lift for the sagging skin of the inner and outer thighs
  • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) for the sagging skin of the upper arms known as “bat-wings”
  • Liposuction for removing the pockets of excess fatty tissues

When it comes to contouring your body, there is no such thing as one size fits all. These procedures are all highly successful at helping people achieve the sleeker, more toned-looking physique they hoped for when they started their weight loss journey.

What Other Patients Experience

In the words of a former body-contouring surgery patient:

“From my first consultation with my doctor, I knew I was in the best of hands. He was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and a very good listener. He heard my concerns and replied with his best, most sincere recommendation.”

Before & After Gallery: View Real Patients' Results

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Your First Step to Sleeker Body Contours

Your first step is a consultation where one of your plastic surgeons can help determine whether you are a good candidate for body contouring surgery and map out the procedures that best suit your goals.

As with any elective surgery, the best candidates are people who are generally healthy, close to their goal weight, and nonsmokers. In addition, for body contouring, it is also essential that your weight is stable and has been for six months. If you lose significantly more weight quickly, you could return to having loose skin.

We are so privileged that Charlotte-area residents put their trust in the team at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. If you live in the area and are considering body contouring surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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“From my first consultation with my doctor, I knew I was in the best of hands. He was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and a very good listener. He heard my concerns and replied with his best, most sincere recommendation.”

LENGTH: 1.5 – 6 hours (depending on the combination of procedures).

ANESTHESIA: General (asleep).

IN/OUTPATIENT: Depends on the type of cosmetic body procedure and length of time (usually outpatient).

SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation, asymmetry, puckering of skin.

RISKS: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include asymmetry, skin irregularity, change in pigmentation of the skin, scarring, fluid retention.

RECOVERY: 2-6 weeks depending on procedure(s).

DURATION OF RESULTS: Permanent with sensible diet and exercise.


While results vary, it may be helpful to look at a few real-world examples of our surgeons’ expert skills and our patient transformations.